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Weddings

If you live in the parish, or have a connection with the congregation or community of Crieff, you can celebrate your wedding, conducted by the Minister, in our church building.
You might like to consider using the adjacent St Andrew's Hall for your reception.

Both the Minister and our Family Engagement Leader are authorised to conduct religious weddings (as permitted by the Church of Scotland) and while encouraging weddings in the church are happy to consider weddings in other locations if circumstances require that. Please contact the Minister before you make any arrangements.

Almost all the practical information you’ll need is on this page. You may want to print it off for reference. Please check back for updates nearer the date of the wedding.
You may also like to read this information about marriage in the Church of Scotland, from the Kirk’s website.

Fees

There are fees for the Church Officer and the Organist (see below). Although there is no fee for the minister we do ask for a contribution towards the use of the church.
Seperate hire charges apply for use of the St Andrew's Hall .

Contacting the Minister

If you email, please give the following information if you can:

  • Bride and groom details: full names, dates of birth, addresses, landline and mobile phone numbers, emails
  • Whether either have been married before
  • Church membership - Crieff or another congregation
  • Proposed date and time of wedding
  • Venue: Crieff Parish Church, or other location

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

We’re glad that you have decided to get married in Church, and wish you every happiness as you prepare for the big day, and God’s blessing on your life together in the future.

Our congregation has two beautiful buildings opposite each other on Strathearn Terrace: the St Michael's building which is used as a worship space and the St. Andrew's building which provides hall accomodation. These buildings are home to our congregation who would happily welcome you!

This information should help you plan your wedding. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

First steps

If you would like to be married at Crieff Parish Church, you must first speak to the Minister, the Rev Andrew J Philip.
Once a wedding is agreed you should also make contact with the Organist and Flower Convenor (contact details below)

    1. The Service, is a time of Christian worship which lasts around 30 minutes. The form of the service should be in accordance with that recognised by the Church of Scotland - but that does leave some room for personal expression, which you should discuss with the Minister in good time. Usually the Church is open to all during the services, so please encourage your “evening guests” to come to the Church service, as well as close friends and family, as the Service is the most important part of your wedding day. See below for the vows.

    2. Preparation The Minister is happy to advise you about the service, but also about any aspect of your relationship. Feel free to contact him to arrange meetings at any time.

    We would love to welcome you to our Sunday worship services. Our Sunday morning services are at 9.40am and 11.00am (10.00am only during July and August) with a children's programme during the 9.40am (10.00am) service and our Sunday evening  service is at 6.30pm in the St Andrew's Hall.

    A wedding can be a time to explore faith as you embark on a new part of your life journey. We will let you know about informal and relaxed opportunities to explore what faith might mean for you, and warmly invite you to join us!

    3. Music Usually two or three hymns are sung, and you may also wish to select music for the entry and departure of the wedding party. This should be discussed with the Minister in advance of you making any selection. In addition, it is your responsibility to contact the church organist - well before the wedding - and to ensure that they are told the hymns to be sung and the other music to be played. You can use the hymn books in the church or use a printed Order of Service. Hymn words can also be projected if this is requested well in advance of your wedding date. Some hymn suggestions are shown below - this is not an exhaustive list!

    4. Flowers are a traditional part of the wedding service. Wedding flowers are normally kept in Church for the Sunday service, and then distributed to the bereaved, housebound or sick of the parish who greatly appreciate them. If you wish to do anything different from this, and to arrange access for delivery of flowers please .

    5. Photographs and Video Recordings are welcomed subject to clearly agreed conditions:

    • No flash photography during the service.
    • Video cameras should be fixed in one position during the service. Please note: It is illegal to professionally film a wedding without a Copyright Licence to cover the recording of any music - please confirm this with your video operator. The Church has a licence that will cover the printing of most hymn words, and amateur recording.
    • Photographers / Video operators must consult with the Minister prior to the service.
    • An additional fee is payable to the organist if a professional recording of the wedding is made.

    6. Fees and donations
    Please bring your fees and donations in separate envelopes to the Wedding Rehearsal.

    • Organist: standard fee £100. Please note that an additional fee of £100 is payable to the organist if a recording of the ceremony is to be made. You may use alternative musicians, in which case no Organist fee would be payable.
    • Church Officer: £60
    • Use of the Church: There is a minimum contribution of £400 for the use of the church building.
    • Please make your cheques payable to ‘Crieff Parish Church’. If you are a tax payer, we ask that you give donations to the Church as Gift Aid. This has the effect of increasing the value of your gift significantly since we can claim back extra money from the Inland Revenue, with no extra cost to yourself. Please enclose your completed Gift Aid form with your donation. Download a Gift Aid form here.
    • Fees shown above are reviewed annually - those listed are for weddings in 2016.

    7. Rehearsal This should be arranged with the Minister. Only those who are in the “wedding party” need be present, i.e. the Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Best Man or other legal witnesses, and whoever is escorting the Bride into the Church. However other family members are still welcome to come along if you wish.

    Please bring to the rehearsal:

    • The Marriage Schedule
    • Order of Service Sheets
    • Fees for organist and church officer, and donation to the Church (in separate envelopes)
    • Gift Aid Form (if not already handed in). Download a Gift Aid form here.

    8. Law You must comply with all the requirements of the Church of Scotland and Civil Law. You must seek advice from the Crieff Registrar (address below) about the requirements as early as possible, as you need to give the Registrar a certain amount of notice of your intention to get married (if one party has been divorced or is a foreign citizen it is longer.) You must obtain from the Registrar a Marriage Schedule (sometimes called "the Licence".) On the day of the wedding, the Minister must be in possession of the Marriage Schedule, or the ceremony cannot go ahead. It is best to bring the Marriage Schedule along to the Rehearsal the night before. It is your responsibility to ensure that the duly completed Schedule is returned to the Registrar within three days. Please appoint someone (e.g. the Best Man or a parent) to do this. The Minister will give them the Schedule as soon as it has been signed by the Groom, Bride, Minister and two Witnesses.

    9. Bride's Passport If you are travelling abroad on your honeymoon, you may wish to take out a new passport or renew an old one. If so, you may want your married name to be the one on the passport. You can get a form from the Post Office for a post-dated passport application. The Minister will fill in the form, giving details of your planned marriage, and the Passport Office will issue you with a passport in your married name, in advance of the wedding.

    10. Changes You must let the Minister, Church Officer and Organist know if either of you change your address, phone number or email, so that we can contact you if necessary at any time before the marriage. You must also contact the Minister if you are considering changing the time or date of the wedding or rehearsal.

    Useful contacts

    MINISTER
    The Rev Andrew J Philip     Tel: 01764 218976     E-mail: 

    ORGANIST
    Mrs Elizabeth Boyd     Tel: 01764 652189     Email:

    FLOWER CONVENOR
    Mrs Gwen Brock     Tel: 01764 654372     Email:

    CHURCH OFFICER
    We have a team of Church Officers - one will be allocated to assist during your wedding.

    REGISTRATION OFFICE
    Crieff Registration Office: 32 James Square, Crieff PH7 3EY     Tel: 01764 657850     Fax: 01764 650171     Email:


    WEDDING VOWS

    The Church of Scotland’s service book, Common Order, provides three different sets of marriage vows.

    You also have the option of repeating the vows, or having the minister put them as a question, to which you reply ‘I do’.

    Here are the options available:

    FIRST SET
    1(a) As statements

    The man says:
    In the presence of God
    and before these witnesses,
    I, A . . . ,
    give myself to you, B . . . ,
    to be your husband,
    and take you now
    to be my wife.
    I promise to love you,
    to be faithful and loyal to you,
    for as long as we live.

    The woman says:
    In the presence of God
    and before these witnesses,
    I, B . . . ,
    give myself to you, A . . . ,
    to be your wife,
    and take you now
    to be my husband.
    I promise to love you,
    to be faithful and loyal to you,
    for as long as we live.

    1(b) as questions

    The minister asks:
    In the presence of God
    and before these witnesses,
    do you, A . . . , give yourself to B . . .
    to be her husband,
    and take her now to be your wife?
    Do you promise to love her,
    to be faithful and loyal to her,
    for as long as you both shall live?
    The man replies:
    I do.

    The minister asks:
    In the presence of God
    and before these witnesses,
    do you, B . . . , give yourself to A . . .
    to be his wife,
    and take him now to be your husband?
    Do you promise to love him,
    to be faithful and loyal to him,
    for as long as you both shall live?
    The woman replies:
    I do.

    SECOND SET
    2(a) as statements

    The man says:
    I, A . . . ,
    take you, B . . . ,
    to be my wife.
    In the presence of God
    and before this congregation,
    I promise and covenant
    to be a loving,
    faithful, and loyal husband to you
    so long as we both shall live.

    The woman says:
    I, B . . . ,
    take you, A . . . ,
    to be my husband.
    In the presence of God
    and before this congregation,
    I promise and covenant
    to be a loving,
    faithful, and loyal wife to you
    so long as we both shall live.

    2 (b) as questions

    The minister asks:
    Will you, A . . . ,
    take, B . . . ,
    to be your wife?
    In the presence of God
    and before this congregation,
    do you promise and covenant
    to be a loving,
    faithful, and loyal husband to her
    so long as we both shall live?
    The man replies:
    I do.

    The minister asks:
    Will you, B . . . ,
    take, A . . . ,
    to be your husband?
    In the presence of God
    and before this congregation,
    do you promise and covenant
    to be a loving,
    faithful, and loyal wife to him
    so long as we both shall live?
    The woman replies:
    I do.

    THIRD SET
    3(b) as statements

    The man says:
    Before God,
    and in the presence
    of our families and friends,
    I, A… , declare my love for you, B… ,
    and I give myself to you
    as your husband.
    I you promise you my love,
    my loyalty,
    and my trust,
    for as long as we both shall live.

    The woman says:
    Before God,
    and in the presence
    of our families and friends,
    I, B… , declare my love for you, A… ,
    and I give myself to you
    as your wife.
    I you promise you my love,
    my loyalty,
    and my trust,
    for as long as we both shall live.

    3(b) as questions

    The minister asks:
    Before God,
    and in the presence
    of your families and friends,
    do you, A… , declare your love for, B… ,
    and do you give yourself to her
    as her husband.
    Do you promise her your love,
    your loyalty,
    and your trust,
    for as long as you both shall live?
    The man answers:
    I do.

    The minister asks:
    Before God,
    and in the presence
    of your families and friends,
    do you, B… , declare your love for, A… ,
    and do you give yourself to him
    as his wife.
    Do you promise him your love,
    your loyalty,
    and your trust,
    for as long as you both shall live?
    The woman answers:
    I do.


    SOME SONGS SUITABLE FOR WEDDINGS

    Church Hymnary — 4th Edition (Canterbury Press, 2005)
    14 The Lord’s my Shepherd
    115 Love is the touch of intangible joy
    124 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
    160 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
    181 For the beauty of the earth
    182 Now thank we all our God
    183 Fill now our life
    316 Love came down at Christmas
    336 Christ is our light!
    462 The King of Love my Shepherd is
    489 Come down, O Love Divine
    519 Love Divine, all loves excelling
    528 Make me a channel of your peace
    536 May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    695 Your love, O God, has called us here
    696 We come, dear Lord, to celebrate
    697 Let’s praise the Creator
    698 The grace of life is theirs
    699 God beyond glory
    700 As man and woman we were made

    Mission Praise — Combined Edition (Marshall Pickering, 1990)
    54 Bind us together Lord
    60 Blessed be the tie that binds
    331 In heavenly love abiding
    381 Jesus, stand among us
    423 Living under the shadow
    449 Love Divine, all loves excelling
    456 Make me a channel of your peace
    517 O perfect Love
    649 The King of love my Shepherd is
    660 The Lord’s my Shepherd


    IN CONCLUSION

    These notes are intended as guidelines for busy and often nervous couples as they prepare for, think about, and enjoy this most important time in their lives. If there are any concerns about any of these matters, or indeed any other matter before or after your wedding, couples should not hesitate to consult the Minister, either by telephone, e-mail or personal visit by appointment.

Crieff Parish Church
Strathearn Terrace, CRIEFF PH7 3AQ
Scottish Registered Charity SC004304
A congregation of the Church of Scotland
within the Presbytery of Perth